Adopting from Denmark
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Once the seat of Viking raiders and later a major north European power, Denmark has evolved into a modern, prosperous nation that is participating in the general political and economic integration of Europe. It joined NATO in 1949 and the EEC (now the EU) in 1973. However, the country has opted out of certain elements of the European Union's Maastricht Treaty, including the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), European defense cooperation, and issues concerning certain justice and home affairs.
Hague Convention Information
Who Can Adopt
Adoption between the United States and Denmark is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from Denmark, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). To learn more, please read Who Can Adopt from Denmark.
Who Can Be Adopted
Because Denmark is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Denmark must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. For example, the Convention requires that Denmark attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption. In addition to Denmark's requirements, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States.
How to Adopt
Because Denmark is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adopting from Denmark must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements:
- Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider
- Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt
- Be Matched with a Child
- Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States
- Adopt the Child in Denmark
- Bring your Child Home
To learn more about this process please read How to Adopt from Denmark.
Applying for Your U.S. Passport
A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave Denmark. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. To learn more please read Traveling Abroad in Denmark.
What resources are available to assist families after the adoption?
Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -- whether it's another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services.
Here are some good places to start your support group search:
NOTE: Inclusion of non-U.S. Government links does not imply endorsement of contents.
U.S. Embassy in Denmark
Dag Hammarskjolds Alle 24 2100 Copenhagen Tel: +45-3341 7100 Fax: +45-3538 9616 E-mail: CopenhagenACS@state.gov Web site: U.S. Embassy in Denmark
Danish Ministry of Justice Department of Family Law Kristineberg 6 2100 Copenhagen Tel: +45-7268 8000 Fax: +45-7268 8001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: Danish Ministry of Justice
Danish Accredited Adoption Agencies
Elkjaervej 31 8230 Aabyhoj TEL: +45-8612 6522 Fax: +45-8619 7853 Email: email@example.com Web site: www.a-c.dk
Hovedgaden 24 3460 Birkerod TEL: +45-4581 6333 Fax: +45-4581 7482 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.danadopt.dk
Royal Danish Embassy
Office of Children's Issues
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures, call the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)